Waitress / Waitress
United States, 2007
Director: Adrienne Shelley
Cast: Lew Temple, Cheryl Hines, Nathan Fillion and others.
Just as the drops of bitter chocolate melt and turn into a thick aromatic mass, the movie “Waitress” tells the story of the girl Jena.
Her life can not be called sweet, it looks more like burnt sugar. Jena works in a diner by the road and lives with a despotic husband who takes all her money.
Jena’s only joy is the kitchen.
When she finds herself alone with the oven, a poet wakes up in her who puts poems of fresh berries, chocolate, caramel and nuts.
And the events of Jena’s life, as if in a mirror, are reflected in new recipes.
Toast / Toast
Director: S.J. Clarkson
Cast: Helena Bonham Carter, Ken Stott, Selina Cadell and others.
The life of a boy named Nigel is also fantastic, like a kurd for lemon meringue pie. As Nigel grows, the heterogeneous lemon mass with lumps turns into a completely decent cream: the boy goes to home economics courses and gains recognition among his entourage. Only the father remains unconquered.
Then Nigel has to reveal all his talent in making an air meringue, crowning lemon pie, and mastering his father’s mind.
Nigel Slater, a culinary writer whose story formed the basis of the film, advises experimenting with the amount of proteins.
Chocolate / Chocolat
United States, United Kingdom, 2010
Director: Lasse Hallstrom
Cast: Johnny Depp, Peter Stormare, Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench and others.
The main character, Vienn, arriving at a new place of residence with her daughter Anouk, wants to awaken the warmth of the local people.
One frosty day, the smell of hot chocolate prepared according to the recipe of the Mayan tribe envelops the village with a tart flavor. This smell is impossible to resist, it reveals the most secret desires. And Vienn has a unique gift to predict not only the taste of man, but also his fate.
Maya considered hot chocolate a drink of the gods, and believed that he was able to predict the hidden feelings of people.
This wonderful property of his turned the life of the village upside down.
Cook for President / Les saveurs du Palais
Director: Christian Vincent
Cast: Catherine Froe, Arthur Dupont, Jean d’Ormeson and others.
The story of a woman who led the kitchen of the president of the French Republic.
Hortense Labory — a cook invited to the Elysee Palace, becomes a kind of lighthouse keeper, whose light is enclosed in a small kitchen.
Every day the fire of the cookbook “Praise to the French Kitchen” is lit. the client, who is like a small boat, lost his way in a storm of delicious dishes.
1001 recipe for culinary lovers / შეყვარებული ინარის 1001 ი
Georgia, France, Russia, Germany, Belgium, Ukraine, 1996
Director: Nana Dzhordzhadze
Cast: Pierre Richard, Micheline Préll, Nino Kirtadze and others.
The film “1001 recipes of a cook in love” is akin to the true Georgian marinade: the plot is filled with feelings, feelings and emotions, like aromatic herbs and spices. The love story of French culinary Pascal Ishak and Princess Cecilia Abashidze. Events unfold during the revolution.
In this difficult period, the only salvation for the main character is his fidelity to cooking.
He sends messages to the cook, giving them advice on cooking: rosemary goes to lamb, saffron to fish, oregano to chicken, paprika to veal.
Pascal sees this as a healing light that can turn back the clock and gives it a reason for being.
Vatel / Vatel
Belgium, Great Britain, France, 2000
Director: Roland Joffe
Cast: Gerard Depardieu, Uma Thurman, Tim Roth and others.
The plot of the life of the famous French chef Francois Vatel. Monsieur Vatel occupies the position of manager of the estate of Chantilly, where Louis XIV is about to arrive with his retinue.
The royal visit to the life of Francois becomes a block of ice. From it, the hero needs to carve the majestic sculpture of his talent for arranging festivities: Vatel commands a parade consisting of three meals.
During preparation, he says to the student: “Harmony and contrast are what the beauty is born from. Few things are beautiful or ugly in their own right. The understanding of this begins the formation of the artist. ”
In these words lies the subtle nature of Francois, whose feelings are awakened by a meeting with the favorite of the king, Anna de Montosier.
Julie and Julia: Prepare happiness with a recipe / Julie & Julia
United States, 2009
Director: Nora Efron
Cast: Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci and others.
“You are the butter on my bread, the breath of my life” — it is this phrase that can describe the film “Julie and Julia”. A sharp knife divides the story in two and reveals the lives of two women who live at different times, but who have dedicated themselves to the same cause — cooking.
The first is a young civil servant named Julie, who started a blog with a cookbook on hand and set a goal to implement 524 recipes in 365 days. The second is Julia Child, a star of culinary shows of the 50s and the author of the bestseller “Mastering the Art of French Cuisine”. The image of Julia is filled with the whole culinary experiment of Julie.
Soon she becomes a thousand-blogger thanks to Julia’s recipes.
Ratatouille / Ratatouille
United States, 2007
Director: Jan Pinkawa
Cast: Lindsay Collins, Patton Oswalt, James Remar, etc.
The cartoon «Ratatouille» is full of herbs, spices and fresh vegetables, as is the eponymous dish. Ingredients of the little life of a rat ramy quietly lie on the shelves, but after another visit to the people, his life is shredded like onions, bell peppers and garlic. Remy, inspired by chef Auguste Gusteau, finds himself in Paris and goes to his restaurant: rescuing spoiled soup, Remy finds a friend, and he becomes the main news of Parisian cuisine.
As if in a card focus, with a flick of Remy’s tiny foot, a pattern of thin slices of tomato, eggplant and zucchini is created, covered with a dressing and sent to the oven.
So ratatouille is created!
Chef / Comme un chef
France, Spain, 2012
Director: Daniel Cohen
Starring: Virgil Bramley, Lauren Claret, Jean Reno and others.
The talent of the young chef, Jacqui Bono, does not find recognition in eateries.
He has no choice but to go to work as a painter. But Jacqui doesn’t even know what the hated paint-fuss will turn out for him.
Randomly in the kitchen of the dining room, Jacques gives advice: “Cod is not cooked.
Cod is steamed, but not more than 10 minutes, otherwise it loses its taste. ” So he finds support among the chefs and begins to recreate the recipes of Alexander Lagart — his idol and chef of the restaurant of the same name. The result is not long in coming: Lagart invites the bully to his work.
And here comes the molecular cuisine in front of the heroes.
Chefs begin to comprehend the science of edible chemistry.
Taste of Life / No Reservations
United States, Australia, 2007
Director: Scott Hicks
Cast: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Aaron Eckhart, Abigail Breslin and others.
As the main character says: «There is no greater sin in life than overdrying the quail.» But even perfectly cooked, it needs sauce.
And this is exactly how the three destinies mix: Keith Armstrong — the chef of the restaurant, her niece Zoe and the new sous-chef Nicholas.
First in the sauce goes cognac — the pride and greatness of Kate. White wine pours to him — the flight of her culinary fantasy.
Celery, shallots and leeks fall into the sauce one by one: they add soft spice to the sauce. Baby Zoie does the same with Kate’s life, on whose shoulders custody of the girl lies.
It would seem that the sauce is ready, but Nick appears on the screen — an odd cook: the sauce is crowned with truffle, which perfectly emphasizes the taste of poultry dishes.